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CMW Preview: The Rifle & The Writer!

One of the best parts of Canadian Music Week is discovering new music. And this year as we’ve been prepping we’ve discovered that we love brother/sister country music duo, The Rifle & The Writer.

Colby and Rebekka have a showcase set coming up during CMW 2017 at Boots & Bourbon on a bill that also includes Kayla Luky, Trevor Panczak, 90 Proof Twang, and Them Dang Rattlers.

The Rifle & The Writer (already one of our new favourite band names) have a brand new album, Flowers of Chance, available to stream and download and listen to now… and to make it easy for you, we’ve embedded it at the bottom of this post. Really, you should hit play now and listen.

And while you’re letting the songs wash over you, check out the Q&A that we did with Rebekka and Colby while they’re getting ready for Canadian Music Week 2017!

Thanks to both siblings for playing along, we’re positive that their set and that showcase are going to be a lot of fun!

Q) Give everyone a little background… Where did you grow up? When did you start playing music together?

Rebekka: We grew up in the country just outside of Brockville, ON. We started performing music together in a band in 2006 at the ages of 14 & 15 – mind you, Colby and I would record ourselves singing on our tape recorder together quite before that.

Colby: I don’t remember a time in our lives when music wasn’t a part of it. It’s just always been a mainstay.

Q) And now a little more about yourselves… Can you tell us 3 fun details about you?

Rebekka: 1) I am a very shy person, and get pretty bad stage fright.
2) When I am writing songs I always have my guitar with me as I like to make a melody at the same time – they are very intertwined. I also always write songs with pen and paper in cursive writing. It feels most natural to me.
3) As a pastime I love to go to the movie theatre – there are always so many great movies to see.

Colby: 1) I love reading. I don’t think I’ve ever had a social interaction which didn’t start with or include the statement “I read this [article, book, etc] somewhere that said…” I probably sound like a pretentious idiot most of the time, but I just like sharing interesting things I’ve read with others, and usually don’t pick up on their feigned interest until long after their eyes have glazed over. It’s kind of a curse. Nearly all of my spare time is spent reading.
2) My favourite movie is Tommy Boy. We used to watch it all the time as kids. It’s one of those movies that is hilarious, yet sentimental in a very real and genuine way. Whenever I bring it up to people, not many people have seen it though, which is a real shame. On the TV side of things, I usually like shows that are more black comedy/mockumentary types. On the note of things people haven’t probably seen, I highly recommend Delocated, and Review. The latter which sadly just ended the other night.
3) I generally have very eclectic interests. Recently the pedal steel guitar has become a big one, as I’ve been trying to master what Smith Curry recorded for our album. The pedal steel guitar is an instrument for masochists. When people compliment you on your performance, it’s frustrating because you wish you were better. It’s completely irrational, but for those who play the instrument, it probably makes sense. There are so few out in the wild (especially in Canada) that I’m happy to do my part though.

Q) The new album, Flowers of Chance, was just released – how does it feel to have those 8 songs out in the world now?

Rebekka: It is very exciting, and scary for me. We have worked so many years now to get this CD release. It’s also a relief that it is finally out, and people can hear what we have been working on.

Colby: To elaborate on what Rebekka said, when people asked me how it felt to get the album released, the only thing I could really say is that it was strange. The album reflects on a time in our lives when the possibility of never making music again was a very real thing. Country music has always been a big part of our lives. I’ve personally taken so much from the genre, and it’s helped me with a lot of different things over the years. I’ve always known that I had to contribute something back in return.

We wrote all of the songs on the record ourselves, without the help of co-writers. These days most acts write a song in a room with 10 people, or are pitched a song from a list and they record it. That’s not to say that method is bad, or wrong, or even new. It’s been that way since George Jones. However, I feel these days it’s leaning even more towards just checking the boxes of certain things and looking for a hit. Literally the first thing I said to Rebekka when we formed The Rifle & The Writer was that I wanted the songs to be whatever we wanted them to be. I wanted the music to be personally expressive, and work as a sort of catharsis for the hard times we’ve had. I’ve always said we wouldn’t do what is popular just to sell CD’s. Been there, tried that. I didn’t like it then, I don’t like it now.

I think it’s strange to have the album released because it’s like inviting strangers into take a look at the most personal aspects of your life. I will say that it is the first thing I’ve ever made that I wasn’t ashamed to put my name on. That’s not hyperbole either, I am very proud of this album. Hopefully others enjoy the journey and are willing to see where we were coming from with the material.

Q) We’ve been able to talk to a few sibling duos… what do you see as unique in your partnership as artists?

Colby: When it comes to certain things, Rebekka and I couldn’t be more different. However, on the fundamentals, we always see eye to eye, and I think that is why we work so well together. As we are siblings, I would be lying to tell you that we don’t fight about a lot of different things. I am an incredibly difficult person to deal with, and there are a lot of different people who would be willing to attest to that. I’m really awful at explaining myself, and why certain things should be a certain way, and am therefore naturally contentious. During these times, it’s like the unstoppable force vs. the immovable object. Our fights usually result in a complete halting of work, and is always due to a breakdown in communication. Ironically, we are usually fighting on the same team, as we more often than not have arrived at the same solution. Basically, we argue about the same position, and then are yelling at each other that we both agree. It’s a weird work environment.

Q) You’ve got an awesome Saturday night showcase lined up at Boots & Bourbon during Canadian Music Week – what are you most looking forward to from the show?

Rebekka: Having a good time on stage with my band, and performing our show to a new audience. We have never been in Boots and Bourbon so we are very excited to be performing for the first time in this Toronto venue.

Colby: I wish we were in Toronto a little while longer so that we could check out more bands at CMW. It’s awesome to be in a city with so many musicians performing in all these different venues. I’m looking forward to performing at Boots & Bourbon for the first time. You never really know what to expect when you play at a new venue, and as such it’s always an exciting experience.

Q) In 50 words or so, can you tell everyone what to expect from your music and your live show?

Colby: We’ve worked hard to contribute our own story to the tapestry that is Country music. We’re just going to be up on stage telling that story the only way that we know how. Hopefully people will be able to relate to what we’ve tried to do with our music.

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CMT Music Fest 2016: Cold Creek County and Them Dang Rattlers on the Maple Leaf Stage!

Day 2 of CMT Music Fest had a full lineup of ridiculous talent on display. And in the afternoon sun, 2 acts took their turns on the Maple Leaf stage and showed everyone what they had to offer.

Check out the pics and highlights from Cold Creek County and Them Dang Rattlers!

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Cold Creek County is one of the hottest bands in Canadian country music right now. They owned the recent Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, and they’re radio play numbers are going up, up, up.

And all of that is because the fans are taking notice and taking control. From official merch to homemade t-shirts, the Cold Creek County faithful were visibly on display as the boys took the stage, turned up the volume and played their beating hearts out.

Note: When you scroll through these photos and see the adorable little girl in the pink hat and sweet shades, stop for a second. She just might be CCC’s biggest small fan, and on her birthday she got a special meet & greet with the boys. Best birthday ever!

We were able to see a few of the guys later in the day, and the smiles on their faces proved what we guessed – they had a lot of fun up on the Maple Leaf stage, even after the long drive in from Cavendish Beach the day before.

Atta be boys, thanks for bringing the Beer Weather!

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Them Dang Rattlers

From just down the road in London, ON – Them Dang Rattlers came to CMT Music Fest on a mission.

And with as much energy as we’ve ever seen from them, they showed that they’re ready to push hard and fast to entertain country music fans and earn themselves a heap of new fans.

You may not know them yet, but remember the faces in these photos because Them Dang Rattlers aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’re just getting started.

If you see their name on a concert listing near you, grab a ticket – and get ready to party!
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Monster Truck with Them Dang Rattlers at the 2015 CNE

It was a hot one last night at the CNE and when I say hot, I don’t just mean the temperature! Opening for Monster Truck were Them Dang Rattlers. You might be wondering why a country band would opening for Monster Truck. Well, they’re a hard rocking band who were a perfect fit for the opening spot. This six piece out of London, Ontario, come from different musical backgrounds including metal and they did a fine job getting the crowd ready for Monster Truck.Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015

They played eight tunes including the one that started it all, This Old Town,  a Jason Aldean cover Crazy Town, Boots and Boubon and a brand new song,  I Wanna Love You.Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015

Want to know more about these guys, check out our Q&A with them!

You can find Them Dang Rattlers online at these fine locations…

Website: themdangrattlers.com
Facebook: ThemDangRattlers
Twitter: @TDRattlers
Instagram: @themdangrattlers
YouTube: ThemDangRattlers

Monster Truck hit the stage at 8:30 and it was high energy, dirty bass lines, wailing guitars, mean drums, furious keys, sweat, lots of sweat and rock and roll at it’s finest. Monster Truck CNE 2015Out of Hamilton, Ontario – Monster Truck is Jon Harvey on bass and vocals, Jeremy Widerman on guitar and vocals, Brandon Bliss on keys and vocals and Steve Kiely on drums and vocals. Playing together since 2009 they’re a cohesive unit and it’s magical to watch and to listen to them play. The set was a mix of old and brand new including My Love is True, Call it a Spade, Seven Seas, Don’t Tell Me How to Live.

And let me say, these boys know how to play an encore, fantastic! Do we want one more song? Two more, how about three? Watch for the new album, it’ll be out early next year.Monster Truck CNE 2015

You can find Monster Truck online at these fine locations…

Website: ilovemonstertruck.com
Facebook: ilovemonstertruck
Twitter: @Monster_Truck_
Instagram: @ilovemonstertruck
YouTube: ilovemonstertruck
iTunes: Monster Truck
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Boots & Hearts 2015 Preview: Them Dang Rattlers [Interview]

Them Dang Rattlers ProfileBoots and Hearts 2015 is still a few months away, but we know that the fans are getting excited – because we’re excited.

So, here we are with another artist preview to get everyone ready to party at Burl’s Creek Event Park, August 6 – 9.

Meet Them Dang Rattlers, a 6 piece country music outfit from London, ON who are getting ready to make their B&H debut this summer. These boys like to play, drink, sing, entertain, and generally just have a good time. We are sure that they’re going to put on a fun set when they take the stage this summer with a set of original tunes and perhaps a cover or 2 as well.

Don’t know Them Dang Rattlers yet? Check out the Q&A and start counting down to August.

Q. We don’t really know London, ON as a country music hotbed… are we missing out on something, or did you guys just decide that this is what you were going to do and made it happen?

Them Dang Rattlers BannerA. London is not so much a hotbed for country acts, but there is a huge fan base for country in and around the city. Bud Gardens and London Music Hall bring in huge country artists all the time, there’s 2 country radio stations here, and the surrounding area has proven to be one of Canada’s most enthusiastic groups of country fans. All of us are proud Londoners now, and this is what we like to do, so here we are writing country tunes in London, ON!

Q. Give us some background insight… who are the artists that influence you as a band in country, rock, or any other genre?

A. We all grew up in small towns with our parents listening to country and classic rock, so it’s kinda been infused into our lives from as far ago as we can remember.

Q. Your bio says to watch out because you’ll get a knuckle sandwich or a kiss on the cheek! Who in the band is more likely to load up with a fist, and who’s leaning in for a kiss?

Them Dang Rattlers SelfieA. Haha well that’s a great question, especially if any babes are cautious about who to approach.
Barry – Kiss.
Ryan – He’ll flip ya the bird.
Nick – Open faced Knuckle sandy.
Blair – Just give him a beer and he’s fine.
Josh – Kiss.
Steve – Who’s Steve?

Q. Boots and Hearts has grown into a huge festival with more than 30,000 country music fans on site last year. How are you preparing yourselves for that kind of crowd that’s in full party mode for 3 days straight?

A. Well, some of us used to play in metal bands and frequent the festivals all the time, so we know what’s up. It’s been a while though, so we hope we can still fit into our party pants!

Q. Let’s say we’re able to meet up with you guys at the bar after a show. And let’s say that we’re buying the drinks, who’s ordering what?

A. This that and a couple beers. OR EVERYTHING IN SIGHT.

Them Dang Rattlers Boots and Hearts 2015Q. Dream Time: If you were able to book a tour with any acts you wanted, what 2 or 3 other names would be see on the tickets?

A. Ohhh let’s say Eric Church, Brad Paisley, and The Cadillac Three.

Q. Last one, in 50 words or less, what can we expect from Them Dang Rattlers when you take the stage at Boots and Hearts this August?

A. We’re a group of friends, we have fun, we drink together, eat together, sleep together – and that cohesiveness comes through on stage. We have a blast up there and try our best to let everyone know that when we play live. Come check out our set and have a good time with us!

Thanks to the boys for playing along, it sounds like we might have to buy a round soon!

Find Them Dang Rattlers at these fine locations online…
Facebook: Them Dang Rattlers
Twitter: @tdrattlers
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